With the performance Body Drift, choreographer Mami Kang aims to create a state of constant change. With dream-like fragments, voice, sound and movement, the work depicts dance as something that transcends human exceptionalism and brings an altered aliveness.
The assembled figure encompasses a layered spiritual microcosm. It resists the economy that seeks to reify the world and reduce the individual to a single and solid representation. Spatial temporal reconfiguration here does not seek linear progressions, but rather tunes into the emergence of forgotten, dilapidated and unknown bodily locations.
By exploring unconscious desire, Body Drift invites the audience to participate in a cryptic, elusive, thus charged space where fiction and reality, imagination and materiality intersect.
Read Theaterkrant's review of Body Drift here.
Mami Kang is a Korean Japanese choreographer and artist based in Amsterdam. Her practice addresses the experimentation of dance concerning its materiality, sensorial technology, and affect. She often employs quasi-fictional figures to evoke both destabilizing and transformative bodily experiences. Operating from contexts of diaspora, her work examines how the sense of displacement, cultural obscurity, and affinity create haunted, uncanny yet vital forces beyond existing language, norms, and conventions. Through the creation of abstract yet distinctive movements and surreal imageries, Kang attempts to reconfigure the relations of the bodies and their place in the world through the mode of subconscious.
Kang graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in 2019. She received the danceWEB Scholarship at ImPulsTanz Vienna in 2021. She was also awarded the 3Package Deal for International Talents by AFK, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst for 2020-2021. Kang’s works have been presented recently in Amsterdam, Berlin, Den Haag, Ljubljana, and Osaka. Further, she regularly engages in collaborative projects both in theaters and galleries. Her choreography is featured in Eglė Budvytytė’s video work “Songs from the compost: mutating bodies, imploding stars”. This work has been presented in museums worldwide, includes the Venice Biennale of 2022.
Concept and performance: Mami Kang
Sound mix and composition: Anni Nöps
Scenography: Antonin Giroud-Delorme
Light design: Vinny Jones Costume: Joëlle Laederach
Artistic advice: Bruno Listopad, Katerina Bakatsaki
Voice coach: Angelo Custódio
Sound engineer & technical support: Karl Choueiri
Pr-image: Vincent van Woerkom
Body Drift is a GREENHOUSE project, produced by Veem House for Performance in co-production with ICK Dans Amsterdam.